Progress on Court Street with infrastructure overhaul coming soon
MONTGOMERY – Motorists on Montgomery’s South Court Street are noticing significant improvements, but these temporary fixes pale in comparison to permanent repairs and additions coming by next year.
“Court Street has been on our radar for a long time – ever since we first came into office,” Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said. “These temporary repairs will be followed by a nearly $5 million makeover on South Court Street. However, we chose not to delay this temporary general maintenance just because a huge project was coming.”
The temporary repairs to Court Street come at a $40,000 price tag and are part of routine maintenance that includes laying a leveling course of asphalt to smooth the settled underground utility cuts and restriping the new surface on the roadway. The work was initiated as local utility companies continue the process of relocating lines in preparation for the larger project.
“We are working as feverishly and diligently as we can to get this process to the construction phase and anticipate starting construction no later than winter or spring of 2019, but several improvements will be implemented before then to give community members immediate relief,” City Engineer Patrick Dunson said.
The larger Court Street project is an Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) Oversight Project, which means funding is split between the City and ALDOT/Metropolitan Planning Organization. Current policies stipulate a bid for construction cannot be awarded until all utility lines are moved. After utilities – including gas, electric and cable – are moved, then the project will be bid through the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) and residents will see movement on the $4.8 million project.
Contractor crews will resurface and add new sidewalks, gutters and curbs. Residents can also anticipate improved storm drainage, high visibility crosswalks, ADA compliant push-button crossings, new street lights and decorative black-masked arm traffic lights – similar to those found downtown. Utility service should also be enhanced as companies update their infrastructure with this relocation.
More details on the Court Street Project along with information on other capital infrastructure projects can be found on the City’s open data portal: http://citymgm.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=7067bcb10cd543b885e722edd3bcab3b.###